Thousands of people left homeless by the devastating earthquake in Haiti are due to start moving into a camp with 1,000 tents donated by ShelterBox.
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ShelterBox USA Embraces New Age of Donations
LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL (January 23, 2010) –
“We are thrilled by the response of social and peer-to-peer fundraising on our behalf. Having someone recommend our organization is one of the highest compliments we can receive,” said Miller. “The stories on how various donations are coming into ShelterBox shows the creativeness of people who can make a difference.”
Thanks to these creative fundraising opportunities, now it takes less than a second to spread the word about an organization’s latest need. One email blast from a supporter of ShelterBox constituted a $23,000 donation from her friends, and more than $10,000 was garnered on a single Twitter comment.
Elsa Cade, a reader of the blog DailyKos.com under the name TexMex, spurred the blogosphere to focus on ShelterBox and their urgent need to send shelter and life-saving equipment to Haiti. The blog has already raised $100,000 to help 1,000 disaster survivors in just a matter of days. “ShelterBox is such an ideal project for what is happening in Haiti. The product is something our readers are willing to invest in because it gives tangible results,” Cade said. “People can visualize that a simple $100 donation can house one person for up to a year.”
Since its inception in 2000, ShelterBox has provided shelter and dignity following over 100 disasters in more than 60 countries, bringing the organization to the forefront of international disaster relief. ShelterBox instantly responds to earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict by delivering boxes of aid. In many cases “ShelterBoxes” have made the difference between life and death.
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HAITI OPERATION CENTERS UP AND RUNNING
ShelterBox has established three separate operational centers in and around Haiti to help distribute assistance to the estimated one million people left homeless by the devastating 12 January earthquake.
The three-person ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) in Haiti has set up an operations base in the capital Port au Prince with the assistance of local Rotarians to co-ordinate the delivery of aid in the country. They are working with the French aid agency ACTED to determine the areas in most need of assistance and are training personnel to put up tents ahead of their arrival into the devastated country.
The Haiti operation is being supported by logistical hubs set up in Miami and the Dominican Republic capital Santa Domingo. ShelterBoxes have been flown to both cities for onward transportation to Haiti.
ShelterBox Head of Operations John Leach said, "This is the largest, quickest and most complex deployment in our history. We are now very well organized across four countries to get ShelterBoxes to the people of Haiti quickly. We are now set up to channel aid to those in need efficiently and effectively in the days and weeks to come. This is a long term commitment from ShelterBox and we have to sustain our initial push."
Warehouse volunteers continue to pack ShelterBoxes day and night at the ShelterBox HQ in Helston. More than 3,300 ShelterBoxes have been committed so far, enough to help up to 33,000 people. Given the enormity of the disaster, more boxes are being packed ready to be sent to the Caribbean country.
ShelterBox Founder and CEO Tom Henderson added, "The need in Haiti is huge. Current estimates are that there are over a million people who have lost their homes. We continue to rely on the support of volunteers and donors to allow us to help them in the days and weeks to come."
Elsa Cade, a reader of the blog DailyKos.com under the name TexMex, spurred the blogosphere to focus on ShelterBox and their urgent need to send shelter and life-saving equipment to Haiti. The blog raised $100,000 to help 1,000 disaster survivors in just a matter of days.